NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings
Field meetings are open to members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under NEWS items).
Field meetings for 2017 are listed below.
Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn. Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant. Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.
Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations! Also note that return times are approximate only.
Ripon Parks SSSI
Meet at High Batts car park at 9am and prepare to car share to Ripon Golf Course. Then walk back to the High Batts NR.
Interest - mainly birds but with some geology and mammal interest.
A pre booked late lunch will be taken in a local hostelry (probably in West Tanfield) and numbers need to be confirmed to Muff Upsall by the 5th December, please. Any one can join the walk without taking the pre-booked lunch.
Depending on the weather and how any Starling roosts develop in the Ripon area a late afternoon visit to a roost will take place to watch any murmuration.
Leader: Colin Slator
Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.
Work of the RSPB in Yorkshire
Highlights of work in the wider countryside: saving species, habitats, sites and landscapes; uplands, working with farmers, involvement in planning and advocacy.
Awe-inspiring scenery where the Kalahari desert meets the infamous Skeleton Coast. A remarkable variety of wildlife clinging on to life in an apparently hostile environment.
Spring visits in search of the seven readily available grouse species. Also a great selection of special North American bird species, some spectacular scenery and lots of snow!
Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust: an Overview
Natural Flood Management, an Upper Wharfe perspective. A proactive approach to flood management, working with natural processes to slow the flow of water.
This talk presents new and interesting facts about Swifts, explains why they are in trouble, and suggests ways in which we can help Swifts survive and thrive.
Spiders - a natural history
British spiders: their numbers, structure and importance in various food webs; feeding, moulting and mating. Silk – the defining feature of spiders - will be a recurring theme.